Developer Accuses Mitrokhin of Extremism

One of Moscow's biggest real estate developers has accused an outspoken city lawmaker of extremism after he staged a protest against one of their construction projects.

Capital Group said that a protest attended by Moscow City Duma Deputy Sergei Mitrokhin on April 22 included "extremist slogans, inciting interethnic hatred," according to a copy of a letter obtained by The Moscow Times.

The company sent copies of the letter to Mitrokhin, who heads the Moscow branch of the liberal Yabloko party, to Moscow City Duma Speaker Vladimir Platonov and to city police chief Vladimir Pronin.

The letter is "incoherently written, but there is a hint that I allegedly am involved in extremism," Mitrokhin said by telephone Wednesday.

Making public calls for extremism carries a prison sentence of up to three years.

Mitrokhin and a group of residents held a protest April 22 at a construction site on 3rd Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa, where Capital Group is building a high-rise residential and office building.

Mitrokhin said the project would block sunlight in the neighborhood and violated a pledge by Mayor Yury Luzhkov to limit office construction in the city center.